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Many hbo students unsuitable for jobs market

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Hbo college graduates are not ready for the jobs market and either have difficulty finding a job or need extra training from employers, according to research by students' jobs agency StudentenBureau.

Six out of ten graduates do not have good work experience, the agency says.

In particular, graduates in the popular subjects such as communications or human resource management find it difficult to get a job, says StudentenBureau director Laurens Simonse. 'There are too many of them coming on to the market at one time,' she told the Telegraaf.

When they do find a job, graduates and employers discover there is a big gap between what is taught on an hbo course and office life in practice.

The results of this survey run counter to one published in the summer by the hbo council, which showed that graduates are highly valued in the jobs market.

What is your experience? Have your say in the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

oh wow, finally someone is saying this out loud! that was about the time!

in addition to the lack of skills, hbo-students usually also lack in social-skills. they all think they are still at school, being on the phone for private matters, bringing friends and partners to the office, having 1-hour lunch breaks.
I will never hire a freshly graduated hbo-student.

By joanna | 13 November 2012 9:05 AM

All employers are different. Even if you married the one you love, you also need to make a lot of adjustments. Employers should play their part in training them up by selecting the right staff and helping them to adjust to the culture or work required of them.

By ufo | 13 November 2012 9:21 AM

Ultimately, the big problem is that colleges in Europe and America don't offer students the skill they need to succeed in the modern workplace. Knowing how to read Chaucer in Old English or obscure historical factoids doesn't help a person use Excel or stay awake during a dreary meeting. Instead of majors like Literature and Art, universities should introduce more useful degrees like Dreary Office Work and Soul-Sucking Middle Management.

By B | 13 November 2012 10:11 AM

I wouldn't be surprised.

I fortunately don't have the problems Joanna describes, but I have hardly learned anything on my course. We always get just a few subjects, and multiple projects that have nothing to do with the subjects.

While the projects give a nice view of how things are going to work on a job, because we never actually get taught about it, it's all just a shot in the dark rather than relying on experience received through subjects. While the result is generally good enough to pass, it's of course never good enough for an actual job that way.

By Student | 13 November 2012 11:44 AM

As someone currently looking for work, with a university education (not HBO), I see that most vacancies require only HBO level. In fact, it seems that employers think that people who have been to university are only good for jobs which requite doing research. Employers seem to have no regards for ability and intelligence. HBO graduates may or may not have the qualifications for a job (I don't know), but I am quit certain that university graduates can deal with any challenge better, and should be more sought after in the job market. Where I come from originally, no employer will prefer a HBO graduate to a university graduate.

By Bandito Rascalino | 13 November 2012 11:50 AM

Just because you had an experience with a hbo graduate does not mean all are under qualified.Style up!

By Kijana Machachari | 13 November 2012 1:06 PM

What an outrageous comment from Joanna.
Freshly graduated students are still young and have very little experience working in an office environment - this is something that needs to be taught. And not just HBO students, but all kids who just have graduated. A school environment and a working environment are different.

There is a terrible cycle in this country at the moment where skilled people are taking lower end starter jobs just to work. So now the students who desperately need to get work experience can't.

If no companies are ever willing to give them a chance then in the end they'll never get the experience.

Joanna, perhaps you just need to learn how to train your staff.

By B | 13 November 2012 2:58 PM

Few graduates from any program are a perfect match for a new job and need some orientation and training. As far as social skills referred to by a commentor, kids are kids and no graduate program turns out mature adults. It comes with life experiences.

By roland | 13 November 2012 2:59 PM

joanna, I agree with you completely, thank you.

By Eric | 13 November 2012 3:49 PM

Is it hard to say "please don't talk on the phone for personal matters while at work or you will be fired" ? If no one is hiring fresh graduates, they will never get work experience.

By kakos | 13 November 2012 4:35 PM

I fully agree with Bandito. I am also a graduate with an university degree and what I see is surprising and scary: companies prefer HBO because they are cheaper! On the top of that there is a common philosophy (unlike in other countries) that many companies do not hire their trainees afterwards but go for another trainee.

By HBO sux | 13 November 2012 9:05 PM

Everyone just needs a chance. I have a medical and law degree from Indonesia. I have an LLM from Utrecht University. Yet noone is willing to give me a chance (read: work). So, how do we get experience? HBO graduates, University graduates... all we need is a chance to prove ourselves. Only after it is proven that we are not qualified for a job that one can judge us as being unqualified. If we are never given the chance, how can you know that we are qualified or unqualified?

By Syl | 13 November 2012 10:56 PM

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